Our Providers

Our Providers

Inside Passage Counseling Providers in Washington State

Now accepting new clients for in-person and telehealth sessions.

Meet the Team

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Stephanie Bracamonte, LMFT

(She/Her)

Education and Credentials

M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Stephanie Bracamonte, LMFT

Feeling stuck in your relationship can create feelings of anxiety, insecurity and depression, leaving you longing for more connectedness, growth and intimacy.

With the right guide, however, there is hope.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Washington State and California, I’ve helped hundreds of couples navigate the big emotions that come with infertility, adoption and blended families and help them find more peace within their relationships.

By combining Mindfulness, Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), I employ a client centered approach, validating each person’s experiences, beliefs and emotions. As I guide you to identify the root of what is happening, the cycle it creates, and how it is affecting both the relationship and the sense of self, you will feel happier and more confident, not only as a couple, but also as an individual.

Works with:

Couples and Families

Specializes in:

Adoption, Infertility, Blended Families

Merry Capozzolo, MS, LMHCA

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington state with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) I believe that across identities, cultures, and continents, we share the need for close connection with others. I have witnessed first hand the power our relationships can have on us. They can be the source of our greatest pain or they can foster profound healing and joy. When our relationships feel secure, they give us the safety we need to explore and grow on our own.

Creating a safe space for vulnerability, and using attachment-based, trauma-informed approaches, I will walk alongside you, helping you to regulate strong emotions, strengthen your most important relationships, and grow your personal confidence.

My deepest hope is that you leave our sessions feeling heard, understood, accepted and full of hope for the healthier, happier future that awaits you.

Works with

Couples, Families, Children, and Adult Individuals

Specializes in:

Attachment, Grief and Trauma Resolution

Merry Capozzolo MS, LMHCA

(She/her)

Education and Credentials

M.S., Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate, Nationally Certified Counselor

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Laura Gambrel, PhD, LMHC

(She/Her)

Education and Credentials

M.A. in Contemplative Psychology, PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Laura Gambrel, PhD, LMHC

Relationship struggles, and everything that comes with them, can leave you feeling lost, numb, and untethered from both yourself and your partner. And regardless of how self-aware you might be or how much insight you’ve managed to gather, it isn’t always enough to create the deep, lasting change you long for.

That’s why I specialize in guiding couples and individuals beyond insight and into lasting transformative change, so that you can feel more grounded and connected to your authentic self and finally embody the life you were born to live. Throughout this process I will honor your context and cultural background, because I believe these aspects of your identity and experience are often central to healing. Therefore, I also practice from an anti-racist framework and provide LGBTQIA+ affirming care.

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in both Washington state and North Carolina with a Master’s in Contemplative Psychotherapy, a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and over 20 years of meditation experience, I am passionate about helping my clients connect with the wisdom of their own bodies, gaining insight into systemic and cultural patterns that have impacted who they are and how they perceive the world, cultivating kindness and compassion for them self and others, and learning tangible, concrete tools for sustainable change.

Taking a holistic approach to wellness, I pull from my vast experience in Mindfulness, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and PREPARE/ENRICH, tailoring each session to the needs of my clients.

My deepest hope is that you might leave our sessions realizing the healing power of your attention and acceptance, and that you might give yourself permission to slow down, to really feel your feelings so that you might become less reactive and go on to lead a richer, deeper, more joyful life.t

Works with:

Couples and Individuals

Specializes in:

Emotional Intimacy, Intergenerational Patterns, Infidelity

Carla Mullins, MA, LMHC (she/her)

Whether we realize it or not, our past traumatic experiences, and how we’ve learned to cope with them, spill over into much of daily behaviors and habits. Unfortunately, we cannot change what has happened to us in our past, but I believe each of us has the ability to heal and create a life of meaning and joy. You are not defined by your trauma.

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I partner with adult individuals, older teens, and couples to understand their story. Incorporating creativity and humor, I guide my clients on their journey of self-discovery, helping them learn to shed old ways of being that no longer work for them.

In addition to more than 25 combined years’ experience in the human services, counseling, and education sectors, I’m trained in a number of different methods, including DBT, trauma-focused CBT, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).

Combining these methods along with my experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, my specialty is trauma, attachment, and life transitions.  I have an extensive understanding of topics related to addiction recovery, codependency, relationship issues, and parenting.  I’ve helped hundreds of couples and individuals navigate the big emotions that come with healing and personal growth.

My deepest hope is that you leave our sessions feeling hopeful and heard.

Works with:

 Adult Individuals, Older Teens and Couples

Specializes in:

Trauma, Attachment, and Life Transitions.

Carla Mullins, MA, LMHC

(She/Her)

Education and Credentials

M.A., Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) National Certified Counselor (NCC)

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Emily Patterson, LICSW, LMSW

(She/Her)

Education and Credentials

M.S.W., Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

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Emily Patterson, LICSW, LMSW

Navigating the waves of doubt, fear, and uncertainty that come with big life transitions and struggling relationships can leave us feeling disconnected and lost in a sea of our own emotions.

Often, it’s helpful to have a guide.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in both Washington State and Michigan, I start each journey by establishing a deep, supportive space for you to feel genuinely seen and heard. I will guide you to feel, understand, validate, and accept all parts of yourself so that you can feel whole, alive and peaceful within. I have found that it’s from this foundation that you can make the best decisions for yourself and your life.

Working primarily with adult individuals and older teens, I draw from a variety of therapeutic and holistic practices, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Psychology, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, EMDR, as well as Advanced Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). These approaches are effective for increasing self-compassion, expanding your capacity to feel and sit with the harder seasons of life, developing the skills you need to manage the many stressors of life and finally, to make room for more joy, trust, intuition and deep connection with others.

Works with:

 Adult Individuals, Teens

Specializes in:

Depression, Anxiety, Confidence Issues

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Jeni Quigg, MA, MHCA

Living with chronic physical or emotional pain can be excruciating. It can make even the easiest tasks feel difficult, and it can end up affecting nearly every area of your life.

I know. I’ve been there. And I found the exit.

After more than 20 years of post-graduate experience in the counseling field, I believe that when we combine non-judgemental, loving awareness with forgiveness, we are able to recognize and redefine narratives that are keeping us stuck in a cycle of struggle. And when we do so, when we accept and empower ourselves with new storylines, we have the capacity to rewire our brains and reset our nervous systems.

Using clinically effective methods like Trauma Release Therapy and Chronic Pain Reprocessing Therapy, I can guide you through the painful, difficult places of your mind and body and into a deep, internalized sense of connection to yourself.

I also work with children, teens, and families on self-soothing techniques, communication, and trauma reprocessing.

Works with:

Individuals, Children, Teens & Families

Specializes in:

Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain

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Jeni Quigg, MA, MHCA

(She/Her)

Education and Credentials

M.A., Mental Health Counseling Associate

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Megan Rhea is a talented counselor at Inside Passage Counseling

Megan Rhea, MS, LMHC

(She/Her)

Education and Credentials

M.S., Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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Megan Rhea is a talented counselor at Inside Passage Counseling

Megan Rhea, MS, LMHC

The struggles within our relationships often spill over into other areas of our lives. Those stresses can leave us feeling disconnected, insecure and alone.

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), I am passionate about helping my clients identify, understand and shift the negative patterns and behaviors that are affecting their couple relationship.

With a Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy, I approach every situation from a trauma-informed, attachment-oriented perspective. I’ll walk beside you, guiding you toward healthier ways of communicating and problem solving so that you can not only rekindle your bond, but also gain a deeper connection within yourself.

My deepest hope is that you might leave our sessions feeling calm, connected, more secure and that those feelings might guide you toward your fullest potential, both in your relationship and in yourself.

Works with:

Couples 

Specializes in:

Attachment, Communication

Meet Our Founder

Heather Varnau, founder and therapist at Inside Passage Counseling

Hi, I'm Heather Varnau, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of Inside Passage Counseling.

I'm so glad you are here.

As a Certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapist and Approved IFS Clinical Consultant, Certified EFT Couples Therapist and EFT Supervisor, I have spent the past 16 years specializing in couples therapy and individual trauma therapy, and also provide clinical consultation for therapists.

In the past year, I’ve shifted my focus to supporting a high-quality team of therapists at Inside Passage Relationship Counseling.  Our team shares common values of client-centered care, passion for providing effective therapy, a warm, non-judgmental attitude, and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Whether you’re an individual in distress, part of a partnership struggling to find common ground, a parent of a child or teen in need of assistance, or a family looking to navigate your particular situation, we can help.

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Diversity and Inclusion

We aim to cultivate a climate of inclusion, an environment where all can feel safe, valued, cared for, and given an opportunity to form meaningful connections with each other. In all facets of our work we strive to embody what we hope to see in the world — a just, loving humanity and community in which people are free to be themselves fully — where people can embrace their most basic universal human connection needs without fear of persecution or marginalization as a result of religion, race, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, class, mental health, physical character or disability.

Getting Started

Often the most important step you will ever take is the first one. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the assistance you need. Here is a step-by-step process to guide you knowing what to expect.

Step 1

Reaching out

When you reach out to Inside Passage Relationship Counseling you will receive a prompt response from our scheduling and intake coordinator, Chris (he/him).

Chris will gather information from you about your desired counseling service, your scheduling availability, and desired treatment format (telehealth or in-person) and work with you to schedule an initial session with your therapist of choice.

Step 2

Initial Sessions

We believe that therapy is most successful when the match between therapist and client is an optimal fit. We will schedule you for an initial session with a therapist that we believe will be a good fit for you, and the initial session is a way of meeting with your therapist to see if you feel comfortable with him/her, and whether your therapist’s skills and style will be the most successful approach to help you meet your goals. If your therapist and you believe working together will be a good fit, then Chris will work with you to schedule ongoing therapy sessions on a weekly or every other week basis. If working together is not the right fit, we can work with you to find a better match with another therapist at Inside Passage or outside of our practice.

Step 3

Ongoing Treatment

Our therapists are trained in highly effective treatment methods to help clients meet their goals. The length of treatment depends on your needs and can range from short-term (a few sessions) to longer-term (multiple months). Your therapist will work with you to tailor your treatment to your unique situation and goals. The majority of our clients are highly satisfied with the care they receive at Inside Passage and a high number of clients describe their therapy experience as “very helpful” or “life-changing.”

Rates and Insurance

The fees for 50-minute sessions range from $150-$225, depending on the service type and therapist. We are not contracted with health insurance companies and do not bill health insurance directly. However, most of our services are eligible for reimbursement from health insurance companies, and we offer insurance receipts after every session.